WLTX-TV is reporting that Steve Spurrier confirmed that USC quarterback Connor Shaw and linebacker Devonte Holloman both sustained a concussion in Saturday’s game against Arkansas. As a precaution, Shaw and Holloman will not participate in practice and will be further evaluated this week. A decision as to whether they will be allowed to play in Saturday’s game against Florida will not be made until Wednesday or Thursday.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Common symptoms of a concussion include:
- loss of consciousness,
- headache, and
- nausea or vomiting.
Because many of the symptoms of “mild” to “moderate” traumatic brain injury go unnoticed, a severe injury may not be detected.
Even a mild TBI – classified as loss of consciousness or confusion/disorientation lasting less than 30 minutes – can have long-standing after effects. While MRI and CAT scans are often normal, the patient may experience headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration, among other symptoms, for weeks or even months after the injury.
Repeated mild TBI occurring over months or years can cause cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits. If repeated over a short period of time (hours, days or weeks), they can be catastrophic, even fatal.
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The Gamecocks will take on the Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium at 12:00 p.m. on CBS. Our best wishes go out for a speedy recovery.
By: Pete Strom, South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer